Expanding Access to the Arts

Bloom programs are designed with the specific intention of expanding access to the arts. 70% of Bloom programs take place out in our community, and nearly all include creative partnerships with local organizations, schools, and artists.


Student Concerts at Strathmore with MCPS East County Strings - tuition free instruction

Student Concerts at Strathmore

20,000+ children annually experience the wonder of live performance at Strathmore. We produce and present free concerts for every 2nd and 5th grader in Montgomery County focusing on classical music and the blues.

East County Strings

Hundreds of middle school students receive tuition-free after-school coaching from professional instrumentalists and gather for a large-scale public performance. 

Latin Strings and Percussion

Middle and high school students learn Latin-American music for strings and orchestra, and get an opportunity to perform for the community.

Sing Out

An after-school choral program for schools without a chorus class option. Our goal is to build interest and resource to create permanent programs.

Step Up East County

Students receive after-school instruction from our artistic partner Step Afrika!. Strathmore brings students to see a professional step performance at the Music Center and produces a culminating student showcase performance. 

Think Big Café 

A creative, multi-disciplinary, year-long artistic adventure for fourth graders.

School Partnerships & Artist Residencies

Strathmore works with educators to create a customized slate of performances, workshops, camps, and demonstrations throughout the year–particularly at schools with a high number of free or reduced cost lunches offered.


Free Concerts at Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center

Strathmore offers monthly free performances in eastern Montgomery County throughout the spring and summer.

Classes at Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center

Strathmore worked in partnership with the Department of Recreation to make this new center arts friendly and now offers spring and fall classes in a variety of arts disciplines.

Arts Sessions at Montgomery County Recreation Free Summer Camps

In collaboration with the Department of Recreation and Adventist Health, Strathmore provides multi-disciplinary arts sessions as part of 7-week free summer camp which serves a total of 300 children.

Corridor Concerts

Each year, over 300 community members perform alongside professional artists to celebrate culture and bring people together.

Community Festivals

Strathmore works closely with community leaders to produce diverse performances at existing local festivals with our Bloom Pop-Up Stage.

Free Summer Concerts at Strathmore

This tradition, welcoming thousands of local residents each summer, has been running since long before the Music Center opened!

Sensory Friendly Programming

Working with national experts, Strathmore continues to increase the scope of programming for children with sensory sensitivities—including backstage tours, rehearsals, concerts, and story sessions.

Have an idea for a program or want to let us know what’s happening in your neighborhood?

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Support Arts For Everyone

We rely on charitable gifts from individuals to sustain and expand our visual and performing arts experiences and arts education programs. Your gift will foster incredible social impact by allowing Strathmore to remain a strong and vibrant resource in your community.